‘The Ultimate Wine Boot-Camp’
THE EXTREME WINE EXPERIENCE
Sunday 17 June – Thursday 21 June 2012
Bookings Now Available
FINANCIAL TIMES ‘HOW TO SPEND IT’ MAGAZINE: “Probably the best course of its kind anywhere in the world. What sets it apart isn’t just the first-class instruction but also the hands-on approach in the vineyard, winery and tasting room, as well as trips to other world-class domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.” – John Stimpfig, wine expert and FT wine correspondent. http://www.galledev.co.uk/chenebleu/cms/site/press/2_56.pdf
5 March 2012 — London — The Extreme Wine Experience 2012 is the ultimate wine boot-camp. It will take place 17-21 June at La Verriere, a vineyard and beautiful private wine estate in Provence, France, home to the award-winning Chene Bleu wines(www.laverriere.com).
The Extreme Wine Experience is considered one of the world’s most intensive, thorough and rewarding wine courses. This 5-day full-immersion programme is an exceptional way to learn. It covers all major grape varieties and wine regions of the world and includes hands-on experience in the vineyard and the winery as well as learning to blend. Beginners ‘crack the code,’ while they boost their confidence and tasting skills; experienced collectors can refine their knowledge and practice their wine appreciation in individual tutorial sessions.
The course was developed with Clive Barlow MW, the Education Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and a 2012 panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge, and is taught by Barlow and New Zealand’s Nick Dumergue, a teacher at the International Wine Academy of Rome, and a senior judge with the International Wine Challenge.
The Extreme Wine Experience combines the systematic approach and official qualification of the internationally recognised WSET Level 2 Award Certification* with the proprietary Chêne Bleu (Art of Food and Wine Pairing) Certification**.The thoughtfully crafted curriculum, offered in conjunction with the London Wine Academy, is taught in English and includes learning to decipher often cryptic wine labels, how to stock, manage and accessorize a wine cellar or wine collection and an additional focus on wine and food pairings. Each day is packed with lectures, tastings with over 100 top-rated benchmark wines, field trips, amusing wine challenges, and gastronomic meals accompanied by carefully matched wines from around the world. Attendees focus on the difference between good wine and great wine – from the soil to the vine to the winery to the glass to the palate.
The featured Chefs for 2012 are Jean-Claude Altemeyer (Le Gavroche in London, La Cote Saint-Jacques in Paris, etc.) on loan from the Michelin-starred La Mirande Hotel in Avignon, and Jon Chiri ( formerly of California’s San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, and the restaurant Catahoula in Napa).
Extreme Wine creator Nicole Rolet of La Verriere, comments “People should leave the Extreme Wine Experience literally transformed, with a whole new level of appreciation of wine, whether they are a complete beginner or an experienced enthusiast or collector. We want this to be a life-changing experience… AND FUN!”
EXTREME WINE EXPERIENCE:
Extreme Wine welcomes a small international group of 9 to 16 participants keen to share an unparalleled learning experience:
The tuition: class instruction and bespoke customised private tutoring, all study materials.
6 nights’ luxury accommodation in a stunningly restored 9th century Medieval Priory with 21st century comforts, or the Bastide next to the winery.
Use of all amenities (tennis courts, infinity pool, helicopter landing pad): see www.laverriere.com
Gourmet food by a private chef, often in the company of celebrated winemakers;
Red carpet Wine Oscars show and gala dinner
100+ superpremium fine wines for a value over $4000.00 US, unlike other WSET courses
Field trips with exclusive access to private wineries and in the nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas regions
Airport transfers at designated times
Does not include airfare
5,100 – 8,750 Euros per person (single occupancy rates)
Double occupancy rates available for couples and friends wishing to share. Group discounts offered.
SPOUSE & COMPANION PROGRAMME:
3,500 Euros per person (does not include the wine course).
OTHER DATES AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS AT MUTUALLY CONVENIENT TIMES: custom programs including Masterclasses.
Tuition available in other languages, including French, Mandarin and Russian
Arrival: Saturday 16 June
Course runs Sunday 17th- Thursday 21st June including gala dinner
Departure: Friday 22nd June
*The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) is an international licensing organisation of the wine trade. The Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits is an official diploma, recognized everywhere. To qualify, students must pass a one hour, 50-question, multiple-choice examination. It involves recommended minimum study of 14 hours prior to commencing the course (www.wset.co.uk).
** The Chene Bleu Extreme Wine Certificate (CBEW) is a proprietary certification designed to complement the systematic theoretical framework of the WSET
Bookings: Karen Glennon, Executive Director of Extreme Wine
Tel: +44 7734 317 376
EXTREME WINE EXPERIENCE
SCEA Domaine de La Verriere | Crestet | 84110 | France